Men represent the vast majority of Train Conductors in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $21.78 per hour nationwide. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by the specific employer and geography. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction for Train Conductors is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,021 - $99,584
$39K
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MEDIAN: $60,034
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$14.75 - $32.96
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$33
MEDIAN: $21.78
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$39,021 - $99,584  
   
Bonus
$2,503  
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$33,266 - $88,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.75 - $32.96  
   
Overtime
$11.74 - $51.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,503  
   
Total Pay (?
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$33,266 - $88,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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Job Description for Train Conductor

Train conductors are responsible for managing the crew and operations of passenger/freight trains. These conductors are also in charge of tasks which do not involve actual operation of the train, such as inspecting cars before departure to ensure that they are intact and functioning properly. They also maintain communication with others involved in operating trains via radio, telephone, and hand signals.

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Train Conductor Tasks

  • Coordinate movement of trains and rail cars.
  • Maintain accurate, clear documentation of train movement.
  • Communicate train and rail movement or switches with crew.
  • Operate track switches, inspect, couple and un-couple rail cars.

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Train Conductors seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Union Pacific Railroad, where the average salary comes to $58K.

Pay by Experience Level for Train Conductor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $50K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $78K. Train Conductors bring in $76K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Train Conductor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Train Conductor?

Train Conductor in Stockton:
"Excellent work but high risk low reward."
Pros: The work can be satisfying. In charge of putting trains together and managing different crews. Maintaining a safe work ethic while staying productive.
Cons: Like I said in the headline, high risk and low reward. You're in charge of your crew and others safety. Putting trains together and having them on an on time departure. One wrong or accidental move could be disastrous. Very stressful.

Key Stats for Train Conductor

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
057
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Train Conductor Salaries

Mid-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 42%

Late-Career
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National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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